Documenting Sources - MLA Format
Citation Basics: MLA Style
To document the facts and ideas that you find and use in your research, create a list of sources of information (works) cited and a series of references that indicate which facts and ideas came from which source (in-text parenthetical citations). The Modern Language Association (MLA) style of documentation is widely used in the United States.
- For more detailed explanations and additional types of citations for MLA 7, please see the MLA Style Center.
- For examples and tutorials visit the CCBC Library's Academic Literacy I: MLA 7 webpage.
- For more detailed explanations and additional types of citations for MLA 8, please see the MLA Style Center page, What's New in the Eighth Edition
- For examples and tutorials, visit the CCBC Library's Academic Literacy I: MLA 8 webpage.
Works Cited Basics:
- Double space all lines within and between entries. (The examples provided in the link below are single spaced to save space).
- Indent one-half inch (5 spaces) before the second and all subsequent lines in the citation.
- Include all sources actually cited in your paper.
- If no author is listed, begin the citation with the title.
- The first word in the title and the first letter of all major words in the title are capitalized.
- Arrange the completed citations in one list, each item in alphabetical order by the author’s last name. If there is no author, alphabetize by title.
- Abbreviate the names of all months except May, June and July.
- Indicate missing information with n. pag. (no pagination), n.p. (no publisher) or n.d. (no date).
- All citations end with a period.
- Caution: Citations provided by databases are not always correct. Verify for accuracy.